What is a Provostand what does a Provost do? Don’t look for the answers on the bookshelf. There is scant literature devoted to the Provost-ship – for which the author advances a number of hypotheses – so, until this informal and autobiographical account, there has been little for aspirants or new appointees to draw on for guidance or to provide a feel for what the role entails.Larry Nielsen offers a highly personal account of his tenure as Provost of North Carolina State University, from his unexpected invitation by the Chancellor to act as interim Provost, to the events that forced his resignation four years later, and brought him unwanted notoriety. In a fast-paced, self-deprecating style he invites the reader to share the activities that crowded his schedule, the symbolic character of the role, its opportunities to shape policy, and its limitations, as well as the joy and satisfaction he derived from making a difference in people’s lives and the institution. We see him in action, and get a sense of the role, as he addresses problems large and small. He shares insights on the governance of a large public institution, on how monies are allocated, and funds made available for strategic initiatives. By the end of the book, we gain an understanding of the myriad roles of the “number two” position of the institution, responsible for the direction and functioning of all its academic and curricular affairs, that Larry Nielsen characterized for himself as “the University's stay-at-home Dad.”He concludes the book with a look back at the Provost’s job from his renewed perspective as a faculty member, further demonstrating the truth of his assertion that “where you stand depends on where you sit.”This is an entertaining and insightful read for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of how a large university functions, as seen through the eyes of an ultimate “insider.” For those interested in taking on the highest administrative positions in higher education it offers a window into that world, including the perils to which incumbents can be exposed when their actions become front-page news.
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About the Author
Larry A. Nielsen is currently Professor of Natural Resources, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University.
D.H. DeHayes is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsForeword – D. H. DeHayesPrefacePart One: The Accidental Provost1. I Loved My Job2. It Was Destiny3. Who Could Love Being an Administrator?4. From Sublime to Ridiculous5. Realizing PossibilitiesPart Two: Mr. Provost6. What Is a Provost, Anyhow?7. Being Number Two8. The Provost Is Not a Dean9. The Provost’s Perfect Day10. The University’s Stay-at-Home Parent11. Just a Little FamousLessons About Being Mr. ProvostPart Three: Money Is Way Ahead of Whatever Is in Second Place12. A Textbook Example13. The Provost’s Best Friend14. We Have More Money Than We Think We Do15. We Have All the Money We Need16. The Strategic Doorstop17. The Provost Ain’t Got No AlumniLessons About MoneyPart Four: Academics “R” Us18. Academics “R” Usor “R” It?19. Strategy “R” Us, Too20. Athletes Are Students, Too21. Yin, Yang, and You22. Speaking of Students23. In the Service of Academics24. Graduation DayLessons About AcademicsPart Five: Facilities and Other Evils25. Space, the Final Frontier26. Space Assignments Don’t Die, They Just Fossilize27. New Space Is Just on Its Way to Becoming Old Space28. The Worst Two-Word Phrase in the University Vocabulary29. Private Business Wouldn’t Do It This Way30. Snow Days31. How the Provost Froze ChristmasLessons About Facilities and Other EvilsPart Six: Faculty32. Administrators Love Faculty, Really33. Faculty Are the Capital of the University34. Where Does Faculty Leave off and Provost begin?35. Faculty Bark; the Provost Bites36. To Tenure or Not to Tenure37. There’s No Business Like the Know BusinessLessons About FacultyPart Seven: People Matter Most38. Populus Plurimus Maximus Es39. Showing Up Is 95% of Life40. Transparency Is Alive, but Privacy Is Dead41. Not Everyone Is Like Me42. Leave Your Phone at the Door43. In the Presence of GreatnessLessons About People Mattering MostPart Eight: Experience Is a Great Teacher44. First Reports From the Front45. What Is a Department Head, Anyway?46. Being a Dean Helps47. It’s a Clingy Environment48. Dancing With a Gorilla49. The Gorilla That Got Me50. What I Learned From the Dancing GorillaLessons From ExperiencePart Nine: Who Owns the University?51. No One Could Do a Better Job Than You52. A Messy Bottom Line53. The Faculty’s Property Interest54. The Provost’s JobLessons About Who Owns the UniversityPart Ten: Being the Ex55. Starting Over56. The Half-Life of an Ex-Provost57. We Don’t Know Anythingand We Don’t Really Care58. Learning to Love AgainLessons About Being the Ex-ProvostPart Eleven: The Literature of the Provost59. What Is a Provost?60. Who Gets to Be a Provost?61. How Do Provosts Spend Their Time?62. Is There Life After Being Provost?Lessons From the LiteraturePart Twelve: So You Want to Be a Provost63. A Citizen of the University64. A Student of the University65. One of the GuysReferencesIndex